Howdy folks! This is the second serie of favorites for the new Year. All selections do come from the eastern parts of U.S, except one from Indiana.
From Mobile, Alabama, WADE JERNIGAN offers the first titles on the Sandy (# 1010) label. Medium hillbilly bop, steel and fiddle for “Road of love“. Flip “So tired” is more intimate.
Wade Jernigan “Road of love”
Wade Jernigan “So tired”
From New York on the Mell label (same as Howie Stang‘s) (# 121) by one MOREY DUBOIS. “If you can spare the time” is obviously inspired by 1950 Lefty Frizzell hit, bit it’s Rockabilly from 1959. From Hammond, Indiana, we find BILLY REED and “Honky-tonk mama” a fine medium hillbilly bopper full of steel and fiddle. Topical lyrics. Campfire 45-33.
Morey Dubois, “If you can spare the time”
Billy Reed “Honky-tonk mama”
LES TUCKER offers “Wrong kinda lovin” , a fast call and response format cross between hillbilly bop and rockabilly from late 1958, on the St Paul, Minnesota HEP label 2144.
On one of the many Dixie labels, one religious Hillbilly bop, “Crossing river Jordan” by HARMON R. WILLIS (# 123) and the Willis Family. Nice guitar. Sounds an accordion in the background?
Finally a curiosity. SHORTY LONG and BOB NEWMAN team up in 1955 on the “X” label for a train song, “Roll Rattler, roll“.(#0045)
Les Tucker “Wrong kinda lovin’
Harmon R. Willis “Crossing river Jordan”
Dalton Boys “Roll, Rattler, roll”
Several stories of artists are on their way. I’m still lacking biographical info on ART GIBSON, SHORTY LONG, HAPPY FATS LEROY.